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Willow for the Garden Workshop

Fri 14 - Sat 15 Apr 2017

Garden Willow Wigwams c Windrush Willow

Image: Windrush Willow

Create your own willow plant supports, hurdles and structures for your garden ready for spring on this two day workshop.

Why spend money on willow structures for your garden when you can make your own?!  This is a fun, hands-on two day course which showcases the joy of working with willow and teaches the simple willow weaving techniques of this ancient craft.  During the workshop you will learn different weaves and have the opportunity to make wigwam supports and border edge hurdles, to make your garden really stand out.  There will also be some time to make some more fun smaller items such as dragonflies, snails or even bird feeders.

Richard and Sue will teach you about the history and traditions of willow weaving.  There will also be books and photographs to inform and inspire.  Note; on the Friday evening the workshop will be available for continued un-supervised work after dinner until 9pm.

About the Leader:

Suzanne and Richard Kerwood have been growing and weaving living willow in the UK since 1997 - a big contrast from their previous occupations (a bank officer and flying instructor respectively).  Over the last 5 years they have specialised in bespoke projects including many restaurant interiors, various garden features and fencing.  Based on the outskirts of Exeter, Windrush grows 150 varieties of living willow.  The hand-planting, harvesting, drying and weaving gives them a real sense of pride in their work and efforts to achieve an environmentally balanced lifestyle.

Suzanne and Richard will also be teaching a Willow Basket Making Workshop (Fri 17 – Sun 19 Mar and Fri 10 – Sun 12 Nov), Willow Frame Baskets in a Day (Fri 8 Sept) and Festive Willow (Sat 25 Nov).


£219 pp Residential  -  includes 1 night sole occupancy accommodation, full board including a home-cooked breakfast, tea/cake, lunch and 3 course dinner, all tuition/activities.

£179 pp Non-Residential  -  includes all of the above except accommodation and breaksfast.

Note:  There is a small charge for materials used based on the size of your work, usually around £15-25 payable to Richard and Sue on the day.


The course will start at 10am on Friday with the first morning session and will finish at approximately 4pm on Saturday with afternoon tea.

What to bring: 

All tools are provided, however please bring the following if you already have them: a sharp pair of secateurs, a knife and a notebook.  Willow work can be a little messy so we recommend bringing an apron or wearing old clothes.

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Comments from previous events:

Tutors very patient, learned such a lot about willows, varieties, and treatment needed for weaving.  As always, warm welcome and great food.  A bonus was seeing a pair of Bullfinches feeding in one of your hedgerows, on a walk after the course.  Thanks again to all - Jan.


WIllow Baskets c Windrush Willow (1)

Richard and Suzanne Kerwood

KC.14 Willow Wksp c Nicola Hawkins (6)

Willow Garden Structures-001